Medical &Health

Global Covid fatalities top 2.7 million

The global Covid-19 fatalities surged past 2.7 million Tuesday as the number of deaths rose for the first time in six weeks.

The total death toll and cases now stand at 2,722,715 and 123,635,513, respectively, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The US has so far registered 29,867,690 cases and 542,888 fatalities.

India's Covid tally reached 11,646,081 on Tuesday. Besides, the fatalities climbed to 159,967.

The number of daily active cases has been on the rise over the past few days, even as another wave of Covid-19 looms large in India.

In January, the number of daily cases in the country came down to below 10,000. As many as 9,102 new cases were reported between January 25 and 26, which was the lowest in the previous 237 days. Prior to that, the lowest number of daily new cases were 9,304 -- registered on June 4, 2020.

Brazil on Monday said 1,383 more people died from the novel coronavirus disease in 24 hours, raising the national death toll to 295,425.

According to the Ministry of Health, tests detected 49,293 new cases, bringing the nationwide count to 12,047,526.

Brazil is one of the countries hardest hit by the virus worldwide in terms of both deaths and cases, second only to the United States.

Since January, Brazil has experienced a new wave of infections, forcing several states and cities to step up social distancing measures.

Situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh witnessed a big jump in the number of Covid-19 deaths and infections as health authorities recorded 30 more deaths and 2,809 new cases in 24 hours till Monday morning.

With the new cases, Bangladesh saw the worst daily increase since January this year. The infection rate jumped to 11.19 percent, which was 10.29 percent a day before.

Health experts said poor adherence to health safety rules is causing the quick surge in the virus infection rate in the country. The detection of its new variant has also become a cause of concern.

Ten EU-returnees have so far been detected with the new strain of Covid-19 in Bangladesh, which was first reported in the UK, said Health Minister Zahid Maleque on March 17.

With the latest figures, the death toll from Covid-19 in Bangladesh have surged to 8,720 and the total infections to 573,687, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

A DGHS handout said the mortality rate in Bangladesh stood at 1.52 percent for the fourth consecutive day after remaining static at 1.53 percent over the past week.

The coronavirus situation in Bangladesh is changing fast after showing a downtrend in both the death toll and new cases.

On January 19, Bangladesh reported its virus infection rate atbjust 5 percent and at one stage it fell below 3 percent. The virus cases started soaring again on February 9.

In Bangladesh, the DGHS media release says, 524,159 patients -- 91.37 percent --have so far recovered from the virus infection, including 1,754 in the past 24 hours.

Bangladesh reported its first Covid-19 cases on March 8, 2020, while the first death on March 18 the same year.

Meanwhile, the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive is on in the country. Bangladesh has vaccinated 4,840,969 people since it rolled out the drive on February 7.

Source: United News of Bangladesh